As a Primary School we follow both the ‘Foundation Stage Curriculum’ (Nursery and Reception) and the ‘National Curriculum’ (Key Stage 1 and 2).
We provide exciting learning opportunities for our children through interactive whole class teaching, small group sessions and 1-1 support when appropriate. Independent group and individual work accompany this, where children have the opportunity to develop their skills as independent learners as well as working with their peers, teachers, teaching assistants and parent helpers.
Our classes are organised into single year groups and generally have a maximum of 30 pupils in each. Children are taught: English, Maths, Computing, Science, Physical Education, Music, Art, Design Technology, History, Geography, Personal Social Health & Citizenship Education, Religious Education and French (at Key Stage 2) through whole school half-termly topics.
Ten ‘Learning Powers’ have been introduced to support the children with their learning. These are transferable skills which have created a culture in the school which enables children to face challenges calmly, confidently and creatively. Learning powers prepare children for an uncertain future and equips them with the skills required to become lifelong learners. (Please see Learning Powers below in Curriculum Information for more detail)
Most of the foundation subjects are taught through ‘The Creative Curriculum’ which focuses on the development of skills rather than being content driven. It allows for exploring learning opportunities in and beyond the classroom environment with six main topics per year. Each topic has an engaging hook into the learning and an end of topic goal which the children are working towards. This often involves inviting the parents in to be part of the celebration. (Please see Creative Curriculum Plan below in Curriculum Information).
Children in Foundation and Key Stage 1 take part in daily phonics sessions following ‘Letters and Sounds’. In these sessions children are taught the letter sounds, names and formation. They are given opportunities to apply these skills when reading and writing. Spellings in Key Stage 2 follow the Babcock Scheme which ensures spelling rules are taught and applied regularly each week. (Please see Year Group Spelling Lists below in Curriculum Information)
At Summercroft there are several reading schemes used as we believe it is important that children have a breadth of reading material to choose from. Whole class guided reading sessions take place three times a week with follow up tasks provided to allow children to share their understanding of the text. Guided reading texts are linked to the topic currently being covered in class. In Foundation Stage, a structured phonics scheme is used for reading which consolidates phonic teaching. The book bands are used to show the level of difficulty of books. Throughout Key Stage 1, a combination of phonic readers from Rigby Star and Oxford reading tree are used as well as other reading material. In Key Stage 2, guided reading does not follow a standard scheme but books are arranged into colour bands. We also provide regular access to our school library to allow the children the opportunity to select books to read for pleasure.
Maths is delivered daily through whole class and small group teaching in line with the National Curriculum expectations. There is a focus on developing children’s skills in problem solving, reasoning and fluency. The children use a range of manipulatives, including Numicon, to explore problems and show their understanding. There is also the opportunity for daily rehearsal of mental fluency including number bonds, time tables and inverse operations. (Please see The Year 1 – Year 6 Learner information below in Curriculum Information for more detail on each year group)
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Religious Education is taught using the Hertfordshire agreed syllabus.
The 2 attainment targets to be met are:
- Learning about religions.
- Learning from religion.
All year groups study one major world faith and make comparisons with Christianity so that by the end of Year 6 children will have been introduced to the six principal religions of the world.
Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL)
Through a whole school thematic approach, children have opportunities to learn about and develop key social and emotional skills. Assemblies and circle time sessions develop this learning.
Extra curricular activities
A number of teachers have particular skills which they like to share with children in club activities. These take place during lunch-times and after school. Clubs are also run privately by external tutors.
A list of activities and times is published at the beginning of each term.
Children are expected to make a definite commitment once they have decided to join a club and to attend regularly. They should only give up with the parents’ consent supported by a note to the organiser.
Clubs available during the year include Choir, Orchestra, Netball, Football, Cricket, Dance, Tennis, Dodgeball, Chess, French, Sewing, Computer Club. A full list is available here.